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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A handful of former Clinton administration officials decided to try their hand at elected office this year, but many of them may see their dreams dashed on Election Day.To be sure, some are riding high in pre-election polls. Former Clinton Energy Secretary Bill Richardson was beating GOP state Rep. John Sanchez in the governor's race, 59 percent to 35 percent, as of a February poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate and House are toiling away on different versions of the president's dividend tax cut. But the Senate is looking to offset some of the tax cut with tax increases. That has tax cut supporters angry.The tax cut package introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) totals $415 billion, including $91 billion allotted for the president's dividend tax cut.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday successfully fended off a challenge from Democratic trial lawyer Bill McBride to win re-election in a race that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe had declared his party's number one priority this year. But Democrats will get the keys to the governors' offices in three mega-states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Adds details of North Carolina primary and corrects number of states holding elections.)(CNSNews.com) - While there are only a few close races in the twelve states that hold primaries Tuesday, the results will usher in the post-Labor Day political season and establish several key November match-ups that determine who controls the U.S. Senate in 2003. Republicans must defend more open seats in the Senate and governorships than the Democrats.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Steel consumers and Michigan lawmakers pleaded their case before the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday, hoping the agency will recommend that the Bush administration lift steel tariffs imposed in 2002.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Democrats want to point fingers for their dismal showing in the 2002 elections, they should start with former President Bill Clinton, according to Republican consultant Alex Castellanos.Despite Clinton's fundraising prowess, Democrats are reeling because the former president has "stolen their soul," attempting to be on both sides of every issue, Castellanos said. Democrats are currently lurching left, he added, evidenced by Al Gore's surprise advocacy for universal health care.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Democratic trial lawyer is neck and neck with Republican Sen. Wayne Allard in one of the races that will determine which political party controls the Senate in 2003.Former Clinton administration U.S. attorney Tom Strickland tied his rival in a September Zogby poll of likely voters, with each man garnering 42 percent support. Another 16 percent remained undecided or supported the Libertarian candidate. Strickland lost to Allard in 1996.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton Friday praised the efforts of a fledgling liberal lawyers' group to counter the influence of the decades-old free market Federalist Society. During a luncheon address to the "American Constitution Society for Law and Policy," Clinton seized another opportunity to blast the "vast right-wing conspiracy," saying she only regretted implying it was a secretive effort.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats won't win the presidency in 2004 by clinging to "old-school liberal-think," said Connecticut Sen. and former Al Gore running mate Joseph Lieberman at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday.In a still-crowded pack of Democratic candidates - and in a week in which Vermont liberal Howard Dean is on the covers of both Time and Newsweek - Lieberman is trying to stake out the political center.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Given the razor-thin margin by which George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000, no state, even one with only five electoral votes, can be taken for granted in a re-election strategy. West Virginia is definitely on the map for the president and his political advisers.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: This is another in the series of profiles of Democrats running for their party's 2004 presidential nomination.)(CNSNews.com) - Some polls show her in the middle of the pack, still trailing the Democratic presidential campaign frontrunner by a hefty margin, but ahead of current members of Congress. Other recent polls show her near the bottom, with 2 or 3 percent support. Still, Carol Mosely Braun insists she is "uniquely qualified to do the job of president."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Democrats and liberal groups have unrelentingly characterized the president's dividend tax cut proposal as a tax give-away to the wealthy, with little benefit to the economy or lower- and middle-income Americans.But according to calculations by the Tax Foundation, not only would Bush's dividend tax cut spur long-term economic growth, but it would also mean zero federal income tax liability for an additional three million families. That's due primarily to expansion of the child tax credit from $600 to $1,000 per child.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With strong support from the White House, Republicans hope to restore most, if not all, of the tax cuts removed from the Senate budget package in a surprising 51-48 vote on Tuesday."Let's see what the ultimate outcome is," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer after senators dealt an unexpected blow to the president''s economic stimulus plan and its centerpiece $726 billion, 10-year dividend tax cut."That vote is not the final vote," he stated. "There are many more to come."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Clarification: Jury verdict applied to company Simon helped start, not to him personally)(CNSNews.com) - News of an adverse jury verdict against the company that California GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon helped start, has reportedly caused the Bush administration to rethink upcoming presidential fundraising visits to the state. Republicans fear that Democrats might portray President Bush as a hypocrite for supporting Simon, whose company was sued for fraud, at the same time the president is taking a tough stance toward corporate corruption.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A U.S. District court may have struck a blow to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance restrictions this past week, but the law's proponents quickly regrouped and say it's not all that bad.That was the gist of a Washington, D.C., briefing Wednesday, in which McCain-Feingold supporters pressed their case for the law in spite of last week's court decision striking down key parts of the law.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday successfully fended off a challenge from Democratic trial lawyer Bill McBride to win re-election in Florida. It was a race that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe had declared his party's number one priority this year. "He ran a hard race," Bush said of his defeated opponent in a victory speech. "Now is the time to unite us as a state." But Democrats will get the keys to the governors' offices in three mega-states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Politically ambitious members of the extended Kennedy clan are finding out this election year that their name doesn't assure victory at the ballot box.A Kennedy association by marriage (to Robert F. Kennedy daughter Kerry) didn't help former Clinton administration official Andrew Cuomo, who dropped out of the New York Democratic primary for governor that he seemed certain to lose. And more direct connections to the Kennedy clan have not helped either.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With insurers and corporate defendants desperate to resolve costly asbestos lawsuits before the politics of the 2004 presidential year intervenes, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday pressed forward with a bill to resolve the estimated 200,000 asbestos cases clogging the nation's courts.The plan, originally penned by committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) but amended by the committee on Tuesday, would replace lawsuits with a national $180 billion trust fund paid for by insurers and corporate defendants and regulated by the federal government.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Al Gore's decision not to run for president in 2004 comes as a relief to the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls who were eagerly awaiting some decision from him.In fact, Gore's indecision until now has kept a lot of donors and potential campaign staffers on hold, complained Craig T. Smith, a spokesman for Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was Gore's running mate in 2000.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Prominent abortion rights groups are attacking the record of a Kentucky physician because of the possibility that he may be appointed to a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on women's reproductive health. The abortion rights advocates are worried that W. David Hager, M.D., would use his position on the panel to try to roll back FDA approval of the abortion regimen, RU-486.